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Jaguars vs. Falcons: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 08:  Stephen Nicholas #54, Robert McClain #27, Thomas DeCoud #28 and Jonathan Babineaux #95 of the Atlanta Falcons enter the field during player introductions prior to facing the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2013

Staying healthy and evaluating players on the 53-man roster bubble will be the focus when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Aug. 29. 

Atlanta is one of the NFC's top teams. The organization enters the 2013 season with a bitter taste in its mouth after falling short of the Super Bowl by one or two plays against the San Francisco 49ers last year.

Provided defensive coordinator Mike Nolan can get his defense humming, the Falcons—led by Matt Ryan, who is the trigger man for one of the the league's most exciting offenses—will be in the thick of things once again next January.  

The Jaguars, on the other hand, have a long way to go before the playoffs are a realistic goal. 

Rookies head coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell want to change the culture, but without a sure-fire franchise quarterback it's going to be difficult.

Here's what you need to know about Thursday's preseason tilt featuring the Jaguars and Falcons.

 

When: Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Watch: No national coverage; check local listings. Live streaming at Preseason Live

Betting Line (via Covers): 

  • Over/Under: 40 pts.
  • Spread: Falcons (+3)

 

Jaguars Injury Report (via ESPN.com)

Out: No active players out

Questionable: Will Rackley, G

Probable: Jordan Todman, RB

 

Falcons Injury Report (via ESPN.com)

Out: No active players out

Questionable: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Asante Samuel, CB

Probable: Matt Bryant, K, Roddy White, WR

 

Will Chad Henne Rekindle Quarterback Controversy?

The Jaguars have been crossing their fingers that Blaine Gabbert—who will wear a cast on his thumb until Week 1, as noted by SI.com's Peter King—will become a true franchise quarterback.

He's been named the starter once he returns from his injury, but Henne could stir the pot a bit with an outstanding performance against the Falcons.

Henne has always been a solid—but not great—quarterback. It appears the team is dead-set on starting Gabbert, but if Henne puts together a nice performance, it puts Gabbert on an extremely short leash to start the 2013 season. 

 

Prediction

The Falcons are too loaded with talent on offense not to put some touchdowns on the scoreboard.

Jacksonville has yet to win a game this preseason, and nobody should expect the team to start winning this week on the road in Atlanta.

 

Final Score: Falcons win 30-21

 

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